Quarriers has secured the Investing in Volunteers (IiV) UK Quality Award for the fourth consecutive time.

The leading health and social care charity has retained the prestigious accolade which recognises the management, support and professionalism of the systems and structures that assist volunteers across the organisation.

Louise McGinty, Volunteer Development Manager with Quarriers, said: “Quarriers is very proud to have retained this award which underlines how important our volunteers are and recognises the fundamental role they play in our organisation.

“It is a credit to all our team and to each and every one of our volunteers who go above and beyond to help us to provide practical care and support for some of society’s most vulnerable who face extremely challenging circumstances.”

Allana Fotheringham, Investing in Volunteers Manager for Scotland, said: “Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK award with a unique focus on volunteering. To become an IiV Achiever, an organisation needs to demonstrate their commitment to their volunteers and be able to evidence volunteer management in practice. It needs the support of everyone from volunteers to Board members and staff.

“So far, more than 200 organisations, from all over Scotland, have achieved the award; from small local groups to large national organisations.”

The award highlights Quarriers commitment to investing in its volunteers and involving them in the charity in a way which benefits both the organisation and those giving up their time.

Quarriers currently receives support from several hundred volunteers working across almost 45 different roles from befriending, events and fundraising, counselling, driving, gardening and pet therapy to name just a few.

Malcolm Crook has been volunteering with Quarriers East Dunbartonshire Phase 1 service since January 2019 and supports the organisation as a befriender with Andrew. They have had to put their trips on hold due to COVID-19, however they still speak regularly on the phone.

Malcolm explained: “I am very happily retired and I wanted to volunteer as I do enjoy meeting other people and wanted to get involved. I volunteer in Lenzie as a befriender and I am matched with Andrew.

“I really enjoy volunteering with Quarriers and meeting Andrew and all the staff at Lenzie, it has been a real pleasure. It is wonderful to meet everyone and realise people can be very caring, in particular Andrew’s Support Worker and it is a great reminder of how good people can be.”

“I would definitely recommend volunteering to anyone who was thinking of getting involved. My experience has been wonderful, and so much fun. I found the training was marvellous and very enjoyable.”

Charlie Murray is one of Quarriers Emergency Coronavirus Volunteers who plays an important role at services in Quarriers Village which support adults, young people and adults with disabilities. Charlie has been volunteering for several months and has helped in many ways from collecting PPE, food shopping, shopping for the all-important cleaning supplies, collecting prescriptions and buying arts and crafts materials for people to enjoy meaningful activities.

Marie Kirk, Project Manager at Quarriers Merrybrook and Fountainview Services, said: “This has been such a different volunteering experience for Charlie, but he has such a positive mind-set, sense of humour and is a great communicator so he has adapted to this really important role.

“Charlie does everything with a smile and nothing is a problem so all the staff are delighted that he is happy to continue volunteering as we really don’t know how we would get on without him.”

Anyone wishing to support Quarriers by volunteering should contact the Volunteer Centre on 01505 616109 or email volunteer.centre@quarriers.org.uk